Grant Wood

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About Grant Wood (1891-1942)

Grant Wood was an American painter, best known for his Regionalist style. Born in 1891, he was a key figure in the American Arts and Crafts movement and a major influence on American art of the 20th century. Wood was inspired by the rural landscapes and people of the Midwest, and his works often depict the simple, rustic life of farmers and small-town residents.

He is famous for his iconic images of American Gothic, which features a farmer and his daughter in front of a gothic-style house. Wood's works are known for their flat, two-dimensional forms, and their use of bold lines and bright colors to create an idealized vision of rural America. Today, Wood's works are widely celebrated for their cultural significance and their portrayal of the American heartland.

Grant Wood Art Lesson & Art Activity

Students will learn about the distinctive portraits and landscapes of Regionalist Grant Wood. His local landscapes will inspire young artists to create their own farm landscapes with textures and patterns using fun materials in a new way.  Be sure to click through the student masterpieces at the top of this page.

Art Elements Taught

Color, Line

Art Activity Emphasis

Portraits and Hats, Proportions of Face

Vocabulary Learned

composition, contrast, pastel, impressionist, overlapping, portrait

Student Art Supplies

Oil Pastels
Art Lessons for Grant Wood

How the Art Program Works:

1. Assembly

Introducing the Masters—Multi-Purpose Room or Classroom (20-45 minutes)

2. Student Worksheets

Learning from the Masters—Classroom (15-30 minutes)

3. Student Art Projects

Working with the Masters—Classroom (50-60 minutes)

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Meet the Masters Art Program and their teachers have been a wonderful addition to Las Palmas Elementary School. Our students love the engaging discussions about art and famous artists and greatly enjoy the actual art projects. The students are a part of raising the funds each year to keep the program going and they love hearing they have reached the amount and art is returning. Meet the Masters is an easy to implement program at any school, highly organized, and worth the money.

Kristen Nelson
Principal, Las Palmas Elementary School, San Clemente, CA

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